A man has died after the boat he was in capsized in the sea
off Northland today.
Police and search and rescue volunteers began a search for
the man about 6pm after another man swam ashore at Matapouri
Bay in the Bay of Islands, reporting his friend had remained
with their capsized 14 foot boat.
The man said he had been in the water for about two hours
before reaching the shore, police said.
Coastguard and a helicopter were deployed and the overturned
boat was found by the helicopter crew about 7pm.
A man's body was found and recovered from the water about 20
minutes later, police said.
No further details would be released until next of kin had
Coastguard spokesman Ray Burge said volunteers from Tutukaka
were still at the scene assessing if they could bring the
They would need to bring it in if would a hazard to other
vessels in the area, he said.
The weather was calm in the area with winds gusting only to
about 40km/h, Mr Burge said.